For most of us, weekends are when we get to unwind and relax from our daily jobs. There’s nothing wrong with going out to have a drink or two with friends – as long as it’s done with safety in mind. Having a designated driver who isn’t drinking ensures that you and everyone else on the road stay safe.
The Hey Social website reports that the Pasadena Police Department is planning to conduct a nine-hour DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, July 23, 2021. The checkpoint will be at an undisclosed location and operate from 6:00 p.m. on Friday to 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24.
According to a statement released on Thursday, the selected checkpoint will be based on the number of DUI crashes, arrests, or other similar incidents in the last 12 months.
On Friday, Pasadena Police officers will be on the lookout for any indication of unsafe driving habits such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and ensuring that all drivers are properly licensed.
According to Lieutenant Anthony Russo, the goal is not to make arrests but to better ensure public safety by deterring drivers from driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs and to ensure that they are licensed to be on the road.
“The safety of our community is and always be our mission,” Lt. Russo told reporters. “We are looking for impaired drivers because driving under the influence is dangerous and puts others on the road at risk.”
The last such DUI checkpoint conducted by Pasadena Police in March of this year yielded some 19 arrests, four of which were for DUI-related incidents.